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STEPHEN RELISHING TOWN STAY

Posted: Tue 16 Oct 2012
Author: Steve Pearce

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Keeper would welcome longer time in blue and clears up those transfer rumours

Stephen Henderson would relish the chance to extend his stay at Town beyond three months – if the opportunity is there.

The 24-year-old ‘keeper has joined the Club on loan from West Ham until January and is looking forward to helping Blues climb the table.

“Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m not the type of player who wants to sit on the bench and pick up his wages,” Stephen told the Club website.

“So when I got told I could go out on loan and I knew Ipswich were keen, it was an easy decision for me. I spoke to the manager [Paul Jewell] on Saturday and was here for training on Monday morning.

“It’s a fantastic club, Ipswich and I’m really looking forward to showing people what I can do. I know the results have not gone as well as the Club would have hoped but seeing the players work on the training ground and the squad that is here, I’m sure things will turn around very quickly.

“With the squad here, on paper, I could see Ipswich competing in the top six and hopefully I can play my part in helping the Club move up the table.

“I need to play games. That’s why I’m here and if the opportunity is there to stay beyond January and everyone is happy with that, I’d definitely want to do it.”

Stephen was linked with a move to Portman Road from Portsmouth last January, with Blues making an offer for the former Republic of Ireland U21 international but it went no further than that.

“I heard rumours about me coming here but it never got anywhere near that,” added the former Bristol City ‘keeper.

“I was told by Portsmouth in January that two clubs had come in for me - Newcastle and West Ham.

“Portsmouth were in a bit of a mess at the time and we were never sure what was going on but I was never told that Ipswich was a possibility for me. If I’d known that, then I would have had a massive decision to make but it didn’t get anywhere near that.”